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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Oct. 31, 2014

Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. The wet weather this fall has been challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they are work on harvest every moment they can, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.

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How large of an increase have you seen in your farmland property value this year

Published Oct. 15, 2014

There are 41 counties that will have their property values reappraised or updated for tax purposes in 2014. For those properties enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program, many landowners are seeing large increases in their CAUV property valuations. Ohio Farm Bureau is carefully studying several different components of the CAUV formula to see if they can be adjusted in a way that provides solutions to the many varied concerns raised by landowners while preserving the integrity and purpose of the CAUV program: to accurately value farmland according to its current agricultural use value.

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OFBF examining CAUV formula

Published Oct. 13, 2014

For those 41 counties that underwent reappraisals and updates in 2014, record high crop prices combined with record low interest rates in recent years have created a significant spike in farmland values under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

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From left: Sen. Bill Beagle, Sarah Landis, Lydia Black, Kara Griffith and Rep. Mike Henne.

From plan to policy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Youth Capitol Challenge winners take their proposal to county Farm Bureau, legislators

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Farmers have filled meeting halls in recent weeks to obtain state-required certification for fertilizer application.

‘In it for the long run’

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Hundreds turn out for first fertilizer certification classes, launch OFBF water action plan

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Bill addresses concerns about state’s agritourism activities

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Many farmers who conduct agritourism activities on their property face challenges with liability and regulatory costs.

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Farmers can now enroll in new Dairy Margin Protection Program

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.

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OFBF works to strengthen propane proposals

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers to make two bills stronger that aim to prevent and respond to future propane shortages.

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What you need to know about farm bill safety net program options

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have a big decision to make — which new farm bill safety net program to participate in for the next few years. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program.

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Farmland examines how a new generation of American farmers are advancing agriculture in the United States.

'Farmland' documentary free online in October

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” is now available on Hulu.

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Ohio State's Bruce McPheron responds to questions from Farm Bureau members about the future of agricultural programs.

Farm Bureau members continue discussions on OSU

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke with an Ohio Farm Bureau member advisory team that is offering input on how the college can best serve Ohio’s agricultural community.

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Nationwide News: Include GPS systems when insuring equipment

Published Oct. 13, 2014

The Nationwide Agribusiness AgriChoice farm policy can include coverage for Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.

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Be ready to negotiate when pipeline construction comes through

Published Oct. 9, 2014

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is projected to have 38,000 miles of pipeline construction done statewide. The new or upgraded pipelines will carry everything from natural gas to crude oil to refined fuels. Landowners need to be aware that many projects don’t fall under eminent domain.

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Young Ag Professionals, AgriPOWER take over D.C.

Published Oct. 2, 2014

In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blog.

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D.C. adventure with OFBF AgriPower VI

Published Oct. 2, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.

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Eye-opening Washington trip

Published Sep. 29, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Ashley Culp blogs about her exciting and eye-opening experience during the programs trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about agricultural policy and lobbying along with the Young Ag Professionals group.

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AgriPOWER Class VI and Young Ag Professionals visited USDA for updates and discussion.

Our nation’s capital in 3 days

Published Sep. 26, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Adam Campbell blogs about his experience in Washington, D.C. with his classmates and Young Ag Professionals.

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What you need to know about 2014 Farm Bill implementation

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Starting Monday, producers and landowners can start visiting their local Farm Service Agency to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres. For those farmers planting crops, this is the first of three important decisions they will need to make as implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill starts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program created under the farm bill.

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Why your mineral rights might be in danger

Published Sep. 25, 2014

If you think it’s always clear who owns the mineral rights to a piece of land, you might want to think again. With the explosion in oil and natural gas drilling, some of those mineral rights could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner.

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President Steve Hirsch discusses water quality at FSR

Published Sep. 19, 2014

OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during Ohio State Vice President Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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Making Our Voices Heard on ‘The Hill’

Published Sep. 18, 2014

Kelly Fager, Fulton County Farm Bureau member and Young Ag Professional, discusses her experience on the Young Ag Professional and AgriPOWER trip to Washington, D.C.

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The event was open to Farm Bureau members of all backgrounds who wanted a better understanding of food production.

A closer connection to food

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.

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American Farm Bureau's Julie Ann Potts and Bob Stallman stopped by the Town Hall Ohio studio during a recent visit to Oh

American Farm Bureau leaders visit Ohio

Published Sep. 17, 2014

American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.

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Nationwide News: Metal theft prevention for home and business

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Metal theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.

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Farm Bureau members heard from experts on wide-ranging issues as they considered county Farm Bureau policy proposals.

From the county on up

Published Sep. 17, 2014

State policy development committee ready to examine county policy recommendations

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AFBF keeps pressure on EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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News and Notes Sept. 18, 2014

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Brief updates on EPA's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule, 'Town Hall Ohio' shows, Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum Dec. 10, CAUV, and webinars for rural entrepreneurs

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Many farmers are exploring cover crops as a way to build soil and reduce nutrient runoff.

Common questions about water issues

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more

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Eleven ways farmers are working to protect water

Published Sep. 17, 2014

What steps have Ohio Farm Bureau, other ag groups and Ohio farmers taken to address water quality issues?

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More than 350 farmers and others attend the Sept. 12 training program in Archbold.

Ohio Farm Bureau to make $1 million investment in water quality action plan

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Ohio farmers will take measurable steps toward improving Ohio’s water resources with the launch of a $1 million water quality action plan announced today by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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Farmers can now enroll in new dairy Margin Protection Program

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The program replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program and gives dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operations.

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House passes bill against EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."

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OFBF Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER trip to D.C.

Published Sep. 8, 2014

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER programs are are traveling to Washington, D.C. Sept. 10-12. Check here for the latest updates from those on the trip while on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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OFBF continues to focus on water issues

Published Aug. 29, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing to concentrate on addressing issues brought up by the Toledo drinking water problem in early August. The harmful algal bloom issue is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio Farm Bureau has been in constant contact with lawmakers, media and agriculture/commodity groups to not only explain agriculture’s commitment to conservation and water quality but to also correct misconceptions about current regulations.

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Farmers, ranchers and ag professionals gathered in Austin for AgChat's Cultivate and Connect Conference.

Four things you need to know from the 2014 AgChat Conference

Published Aug. 28, 2014

I recently traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the AgChat Foundation’s annual conference, to network with farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals who are using social/new media to tell agriculture’s story. There are many things I could share that were discussed at the conference, but I’ve pulled out the four of the most important to me.

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Kristy Watters describers her experience at AgriPOWER Class VI session two in her blog.

Connecting and network developing

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Day one of AgriPOWER VI session two was a crash course in how to get your message out and be heard. Dan Toland from Wilt PR and Callie Wells from Ohio Farm Bureau gave overviews of social and visual media while Melanie Wilt from Wilt PR and Joe Cornely from Ohio Farm Bureau presented on structuring the message and making it digestible for the masses. We all know that what we say is important, but how you say it may be even more so if you want to be heard. The group ended the day with a delicious meal and tour of Troutman Vineyards just minutes from Wooster.

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Kayla Jones blogs about her experience with AgriPOWER Class VI session two.

Learning where to find the answers

Published Aug. 26, 2014

What a whirlwind session! We learned about so many aspects of agriculture in such a short period of time. Everything from social media to touring Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and had good conversations about GMOs, migrant farm workers and water quality. These are all issues that we in the agriculture industry face on a regular basis and we need to be able to support each other using our own talents and strengths.

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AgriPOWER Class VI member, Jarred Black blogs about his experience in session two

Learning to be more proactive for agriculture

Published Aug. 26, 2014

AgriPower Class VI met Aug. 14 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster for our second session. The session’s focus was centered on the role of media in agriculture today and how to best use social media to promote agriculture. We also were privileged to tour the OARDC facility as well as several local farms during our three-day session.

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AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Wooster for their second session.

AgriPOWER session two: connecting with experts and each other

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Participants in AgriPOWER Class VI recently spent a few days in Wooster for their second session in the program. They spent three days learning about social media, media relations, visual media, and telling their story as well as touring the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and several other farms in the area. Here are a few excerpts from participant blogs, and links to their full blogs.

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Gov. John Kasich

Ohio Farm Bureau AGGPAC names Kasich ‘Friend of Agriculture’

Published Aug. 21, 2014

Gov. John Kasich has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).

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Statement on Gov. Kasich’s announcement of Ohio’s commitment to water quality

Published Aug. 14, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates Gov. Kasich’s announcement today that the state will be investing $1.25 million in conservation techniques that farmers can use to help them continue their work to protect water quality.

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Ohio Farm Bureau’s response to the Toledo water crisis

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups have been involved in the Toledo water crisis story since the first news alert. Joe Cornely, OFBF’s senior director of corporate communications, was on site in Toledo the day after the drinking water ban and stayed until the day after the ban was lifted. Cornely answered reporter questions, helped farmer spokespersons and conducted media outreach.

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Senate Bill 150: Separating facts and fiction

Published Aug. 13, 2014

A bill that requires fertilizer applicator certification for most of Ohio’s farmers is now law. But some news stories about the Toledo water crisis and Senate Bill 150 have made it sound like the bill signed into law in June doesn’t do anything until 2017 and has “no teeth.” Here are some points about the new law that you may need to know as you have conversations about fertilizer regulation in Ohio.

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Ohio water research and resources

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The harmful algal bloom issue in Lake Erie is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio’s agriculture community has been focusing on finding ways to keep nutrients in place on farms by preventing runoff. Below are a few resources to learn more about what is being done and can be done, plus other educational materials.

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AFBF pushes back against U.S. EPA’s ‘federal land grab’

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Thousands of farmers and more than 250 members of Congress have joined forces nationwide in opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its regulatory authority through the Clean Water Act.

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Protecting the Great Lakes

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau recently joined conservationists, water quality specialists, environmentalists, tourism officials and charter boat captains in discussing water quality issues with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman at Lake Erie.

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Conservation program would help Western Lake Erie

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting a new federal conservation program that would fund conservation measures to reduce sediment and nutrient loading into Lake Erie.

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Teachers participated in hands-on activities that they could use in their classrooms before touring farms in the area.

Teachers gets hands-on experience through farming workshop

Published Aug. 12, 2014

In June, Knox County Farm Bureau held AgVentures in the Classroom, a teacher workshop and field study. The two-day event gave Ohio 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers hands-on experience in teaching agriculture.

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Farm Bureau members look at different Lake Erie fish during a tour of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab in July.

Healthy Water Ohio Initiative

Published Aug. 12, 2014

OFBF has been working on HwO since November 2013 and helped set up its framework by putting together a 16-member steering committee that will guide Healthy Water Ohio’s activities.

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Advisory teams are one of many ways members provide grassroots input on policies and programs.

OFBF to switch to issue-based advisory teams

Published Aug. 12, 2014

After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight.

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